Philosophy

Framework

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Suffering is a normal part of the human experience. It can drive personal growth, inspire novel ideas and solutions, fuel creativity, and—in problematic situations—precipitate change.

The act of suffering can often strengthen an individual and contribute to a sense of meaning. Sometimes, however, the act of suffering does not serve a practical purpose. To the contrary, mental and emotional suffering can often hinder an individual from pursuing one's goals or from leading a life of vibrancy.

Mental and emotional suffering can be complex and can have subtle effects—dampening the senses, tempering joy, motivating self-sabotage, and limiting success with both personal relationships and professional pursuits. This lurking impact can often manifest as stagnation and can keep a person from realizing her or his dreams. Most tragically, perhaps, is that even in a crowded city the most profound suffering is often experienced in isolation.

Approach

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Each of us has a story. We share some of our experiences openly with others, while some remain deeply personal and private. Dr. Otonichar respects the sanctity and the privacy of the doctor-patient relationship and consistently practices strict doctor-patient confidentiality.

As a physician and therapist, he believes that mental health is characterized by flexibility and fluidity of thought and intention. He takes a balanced and gentle approach in his treatment style and enjoys helping individuals work to live more authentically.

Dr. Otonichar has helped many individuals across the spectrum of suffering, ranging from those with excessive worry, low self-esteem, stress, low mood, challenging life-circumstances, to those who merely feel stressed or overwhelmed. He is comfortable working with high-achieving individuals who simply no longer feel as fulfilled as well as those who struggle with more debilitating mental health problems.

He is experienced in treating those with anxiety disorders, narcissistic personality, adjustment disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other psychotic illnesses, addictions, panic disorder, complex PTSD, and other personality disorders.

He is meticulous with his use of medications and works carefully to try to help individuals unlock underlying patterns that may perpetuate stagnation. While he offers and uses medications when they may be helpful, he has often found talk therapy to be one of the most effective ways to achieve enduring change.